What I'm about to show you has been quite an experiment/learning process for me: the first pattern that I have ever designed and drafted myself. And somehow, it seems to have turned out exactly how I imagined! (With the exception of the wrinkles. There were no wrinkles in my imagined dress).
For now, for the lack of a better name, I'm just calling it the Pintuck Dress, because, well, it has pintucks. Lovely pintucks that I'm quite proud of.
So just a few notes on the details. It's a narrow A-line dress with pintucks, Peter Pan collar, and flutter sleeves, and piping. It is constructed in three main sections, the bodice, skirt, and hem band. My other version is color-blocked, with the skirt portion a different fabric from the bodice and hem band. I love the simplicity and straight lines of the dress, as well as the vintage feel. The dress was drafted using size 2 measurements, but is really about a 3T.
And here's the dress in action!
It fits my daughter perfectly, and is even comfortable enough to run around in. I have to say, I'm really proud of how this dress turned out, and I can't wait to do some variations on it. I'm also in the beginning stages of making it into a retail pattern, but it will probably be some months before it would be ready. So if you would be interested in being a pattern tester and/or purchasing this as a pattern, please continue to follow our blog and look for future announcements. And please, these are all very new skills for me, so any encouragement is appreciated!